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Ex-deputy superintendent bails out of Denver jail

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The man whose hiring at Albuquerque Public Schools helped lead to the departure of Superintendent Luis Valentino bailed out of the Denver County Jail on Monday.

Former APS Deputy Superintendent Jason Martinez, identified as Timothy Jason Martinez in jail and criminal records, was released on $200,000 bail.

JASON MARTINEZ

JASON MARTINEZ

Anya Pulai, an agent with Good To Go Bail Bonds in Denver, told the Journal that a co-signer arranged for Martinez’s release. He was arrested Wednesday by an FBI-led task force at a Denver relative’s home for violating the conditions of his release on pending criminal charges of child sexual abuse and assault by leaving the state to take the APS job.

“He didn’t pay anything,” said Pulai, who wouldn’t identify the co-signer or the actual amount paid to the surety for the bond.

A Denver district judge increased Martinez’s bail to $100,000 for each of two sets of criminal charges. He is also required to wear an electronic ankle bracelet.

Martinez, 50, is facing an Oct. 9 trial on charges filed in Denver in 2013 alleging he molested two relatives.

No date has been set for charges that Martinez assaulted his boyfriend and another man in January of this year.

Valentino recruited Martinez to APS in May at a salary of $160,000 a year.


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